Canterbury School (Fort Wayne, Indiana)

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Coordinates: 41°3′13.47″N 85°12′43.51″W / 41.0537417°N 85.2120861°W / 41.0537417; -85.2120861

Canterbury High School
3210 Smith Road
Fort Wayne, Indiana, Allen County, 46804
United States
Type Private, college preparatory, Coeducational
Established 1983
Head of school Jonathan Hancock Incumbent since August 20, 2004
Director Robert Schantz
Faculty 117
Teaching staff 106
Grades 912
Enrollment 360 (2010–2011)
Student to teacher ratio 9:1
Campus suburban
Campus size 45 acres (0.2 km2)
Mascot Cavalier
Average SAT scores 1,244 (2008)
Endowment $8 million+
Affiliation Christian
Admissions Director Susan Johnson

Canterbury School is an independent college preparatory school for students of pre-school age through Grade 12. The school is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, and enrolls 905 students in three divisions.


Canterbury was established in 1977, by several families, and others. Canterbury School opened at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Fort Wayne. It was a nondenominational, self-supported school with 89 students in kindergarten to grade 6. It sought to inspire and motivate students while instilling Christian values and morals, cultivating an appreciation for the fine arts, developing foreign language skills, and setting high standards for teaching and learning. It continued to grow and within three years, it outgrew its church setting. In 1980, it relocated to the vacant Fort Wayne Community Schools building on Covington Road. When Jonathan Hancock arrived as the fourth headmaster in 1983, he oversaw Canterbury’s expansion to grade 12. In 1987, the year the first seniors graduated from Canterbury, the school grew yet again, opening a campus for grades 9 to 12 on Smith Road. Programs for students as young as 2 were added that year, providing opportunities for children of every age to meet and embrace the educational challenges envisioned by those caring and dedicated parents who first served as an example of what can be achieved. In 2007-2008, the school expanded both campuses.

School mission[edit]

The school seeks to enroll students with diverse talents and backgrounds. Canterbury promotes the total development of each child in his or her intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and financial growth.


The high school is known for its academic excellence, with nearly 100% of its students matriculating to colleges and universities.

Canterbury High School's students consistently score higher on state and national SAT averages, often having some of the highest scores in the state: the class of 2008 had a 1244 average, compared to the state 1007 average, and 1017 national average. All students enrolled in AP level courses are required to take the exam. In 2008, 117 students took 263 exams. 96% of the exams scored a three (pass grade) or higher while 80% of all exams taken earned a four or five note. These statistics and its college preparatory curriculum credit Canterbury as one of the best high schools in the state of Indiana.



  • Boys' and girls' cross country running
  • Boys' soccer
  • Boys' tennis
  • Girls' volleyball


  • Boys' basketball
  • Girls' basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Boys' and girls' swimming


  • Boys' baseball
  • Boys' golf
  • Girls' softball
  • Girls' tennis
  • Boys' and girls' track and field
  • Boys and Girls Soccer

Canterbury maintains its inclusion policy, allowing all students to compete in sports, even if they are not competitive at the varsity level.

In 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012 the girls' basketball team won the IHSAA Class 1A Championship. The 2010 championship was especially memorable as it was won in Fort Wayne's Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, the only time in tournament history that the championship has been held outside of Indianapolis. The Canterbury boys' soccer team also has a long history of competing at the State Championships. In all sports, the school has had a total of 15 semi-state or state final appearances.

The school's baseball field is dimensionally modeled after the field of Yankee Stadium.

Fine arts[edit]

Canterbury has always wanted its students to receive a well-rounded education. Students study fine arts for at least two semesters, whether it be photography, computer art, visual art, chamber music, jazz band, debate, speech, women's choir, men's a cappella or theatre.

Each year, the high school puts on two productions, typically a musical and a play. Recent works include: Seussical, The Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, Romeo and Juliet, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), You Can't Take it With You and The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Student organizations[edit]

Student organizations include:

Anime Club

Bowling Team

Canterbury Automated Vehicle Society (CAVS)

Canterbury Against Bulling (CAB)


Excalibur Yearbook

International Student Organization

Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS) TEAMS

Junior Classical League

Key Club International

Mimesis Literary Review

Model UN

Sci Fi Club

Science Olympiad

Science Show

Speech Team

Sententiae Literary Magazine

Songwriters' Circle

Stock Market Club

Untitled Paper

Intellectual Game Club

Speech Team[edit]

Canterbury won the IHSFA class A state speech tournament in 1996, 2007, and 2014 and has been placed ever since 2004. In 2008, they were placed 3rd in class A, with multiple state finalists, including third place Broadcasting finalist Christian Kraegel (Senior), and state champion Ronnye Rutledge (Senior) in poetry, and second place in dramatic interpretation. Rutledge also placed third in the nation in poetry and eleventh in dramatic interpretation at various times throughout her high school career.

In 2009, the team placed second, with only two state finalists, both in discussion: AJ Alifimoff, a sophomore, in second, and freshman Jodie Goodman in fifth.

In 2010, the team repeated with two discussion finalists, AJ Alifimoff coming in first place, with Jodie Goodman coming in fourth. The team placed second overall in the Class A division.

Untitled Paper[edit]

Canterbury's Untitled Paper, under the faculty leadership of Alice Hancock, has been placed multiple times in the Columbia Newspaper competition, winning a Silver award many years in a row. The Untitled Paper is published eight times a year.

Science Olympiad[edit]

Canterbury's Science Olympiad team, new in 2009, was placed third in the local regional competition. In 2010, Canterbury's Team Newton won the Fort Wayne regional and advanced to the state tournament.

In the state tournament, senior Brendan Murphy, and sophomores Nevil Parikh and Chris Bormann were the only people to be placed.


The JETS team at Canterbury has won various national awards, winning the competition several times in the past five years.

Travel programs[edit]

Students are given a wide variety of travel opportunities that include the Australian exchange, French immersion trip, Spanish immersion, Lyrical Opera Trip, and the Stratford Theatre trip. Also each junior class takes a week trip in which they visit six or seven colleges of varying sizes, settings, and selectivity to help them find the best college type to fit their needs.

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